I'm a rules follower. I stop at stop signs and observe speed limits. I don't talk loudly in the library, and I turn my cell phone off when asked to do so. However, today I stepped outside the box for a bit when I parked in a no-parking area.
I've been doing census enumerating in neighborhoods close to my house. Many of the streets in the area are part of a Parking Permit Required zone during weekdays, because they don't want students from the nearby high school parking there. I tried to get everything done in that area over the weekend, but didn't quite succeed. After lunch today I set out to complete the job.
The area was about a half mile away, in a subdivision that connects with mine. I parked the car right underneath a sign that said "No Parking Without Permit 7:30-3:30", got out and looked around. I don't know if the police patrol and ticket cars they see parked in the area illegally or if they wait for an angry resident to call. Most of the houses on the block looked unoccupied, but I wanted to do everything I could to avoid trouble. I put one of my "Official Census Business" signs on the dashboard so it could be seen through the front window and the other one in the back window. I had three different streets to visit, and the job took me about 15 minutes to complete. I was very glad to return to my car and not see a parking ticket.
It felt kinda good to be a rebel...maybe tomorrow I won't push my chair in when I get up from the table!